From your hotel in Charleville-Mézières, start with a visit to the Ducale Square, located in the heart of the city, and take the time to admire its seventeenth century buildings covered with blue slate. Then head to the ramparts erected in the eleventh century on the banks of the Meuse. Another witness to the rich history of this Ardennes city, the basilica of Notre-Dame d'Esperance is worth seeing for its remarkable stained glass windows by René Dürrbach, Picasso's collaborator. Finish your weekend by following in the footsteps of the most famous child of the city, Arthur Rimbaud. A museum is dedicated to him and his birthplace is open for visits.
Enjoy your long stay in our Charleville-Mézières accommodation to discover all the places that give the the city its charm. In addition to historic sites such as the ramparts or the basilica, explore a more recent part of the Art Deco district, around Arches Avenue. Want to know more about the rich past of the region? Visit the Ardennes Museum housed in a superb 17th century building. For your walks or bike rides, the green Trans-Ardennes path will take you to the Belgian border. And to continue your discoveries in Ardennes, find our Kyriad hotels in Sedan.
Charleville-Mézières is the world capital of puppetry arts. During your family stay, do not miss the spectacle of the giant puppet, the Great Puppeteer, who comes alive every hour at Place Winston Churchill. Next door is the International Puppet Institute, regularly scheduling exhibitions and shows. To get some fresh air, young and old alike can head to Mount Olympus, a huge wooded area on the banks of the Meuse. There is an aquatic center, playgrounds and a water sports center dedicated to canoeing.